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Can a collapsed lung lead to a heart attack in someone with a family history of heart problems?

Can a collapsed lung lead to a heart attack in someone with a family history of heart problems?

Yes: A collapes lung can cause a heart attack either by lowering your oxygen levels or by causing a tension pneumothorax, which can prevent circulation of blood by preventing your heart form filling with blood and thereby preventing your heart from pumping blood to the rest of your body (and to itself). ...Read more

Dr. Creighton Wright
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Myocardial Infarction (Definition)

Myocardial Infarction means some of the heart muscle dies because of insufficient oxygen supply. Most often this occurs because the coronary artery is blocked by plaque & clot. Other causes include tears in the artery wall, extremely high oxygen demand (eg, rapid arrhythmia, heart valve disorder, or severe systemic illness.) Prompt treatment can minimize heart damage & ...Read more


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Lung has collapsed after having heart attack chest tube not working. What next?

Lung has collapsed after having heart attack chest tube not working. What next?

Another or: Presumably you or your loved one are in an ICU at this point. What happens next depends on why the chest tube isn't working. Anotherr chest tube may be placed, the breathing tube may be moved so that only one lung is ventilated and a surgical repair attempted, etc. Your surgeon or your intensivist should tell your their plans. ...Read more

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If I have heart problems would the EKG have picked it up? Could it have missed? Having chest pains and heart felt on fire badly. Panic or heart attack?

If I have heart problems would the EKG have picked it up? Could it have missed? Having chest pains and heart felt on fire badly. Panic or heart attack?

EKG: A ekg is the first test when someone has chest pain. It isn't very sensitive or specific. If you were having a fulminant heart attack yes it likely would have picked it up. If you are continuing to experience chest pain you should seek further help from your doctor. ...Read more

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I'm having chest pains and I'm worried it'll lead to heart attack. How could I know it?

See your doctor: Chest pains can be caused by a large variety of things, including blocked arteries to the heart. When you see a health care provider he or she will listen to your symptoms, listen to your heart and lungs and decide which tests need to be done next. Chest x-ray and ekg are typical starting points. If there is concern of a blocked artery, sometimes a treadmill test will be done. ...Read more

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Can chest pain from heart block lead to heart attack?

Can chest pain from heart block lead to heart attack?

Perhaps: Heart block is an electrical term with brady cardia.

Heart blockage is atherosclerosis with coronary artery obstruction which leads to possibility of heart attacks.

Chest pain is a symptom from several things, but angina and heart attack are in that list. ...Read more

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Can terrible pain from a pulled muscle in the chest lead to a heart attack?

Can terrible pain from a pulled muscle in the chest lead to a heart attack?

No: A pulled muscle or perhaps costochondritis can not cause you to have a heart attack. But if you have underlying heart disease, I suggest you have an evaluation from a cardiologist and perhaps have a stress test. ...Read more

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Please help me! Chest and upper back pains for 3 days! 34 weeks pregnant. Heart attack/problems?

Please help me! Chest and upper back pains for 3 days! 34 weeks pregnant. Heart attack/problems?

See OB: Multiple non cardiac potential causes but may be serious.
Dvt, embolism pneumonia etc but there are tests to sort out. ...Read more

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How to know if your having just a typical muscular chest and arm pain or a heart attack/heart problems?

Difficult to tell: Muscular chest pain is most likely changed with positioning or movement - usually there is an inciting event (lifting something heavy) - chest pain that is cardiac in nature can radiate to your neck or arms - can be worse with exertion and can be accompanied by other symptoms - if you are worried, contact your doctor. ...Read more

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Can someone tell me how people know if your having just a typical muscular chest and arm pain or a heart attack/heart problems?

See your doctor!: In some people, the symptoms are very similar. Of course, muscular pain is not dangerous, but heart symptoms can be very dangerous. The only way to tell for sure is for a qualified doctor to evaluate this with some tests. An ekg (heart tracing), and possibly some type of stress test, possibly some blood work should be able to detect a heart condition. ...Read more

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Hi, can a stomach/digestion problem cause some kind of heart attack? Sometimes I feel heavier heart beat and some chest pain, and it's gone after burp

Stomach: Stomach ailments do not cause heart attacks. Sometimes stomach symptoms can mimic heart disease and vise versa. ...Read more

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At my age can I be at risk of heart attack or oft her heart problems? Always worried about it. Get discomfort if left upper chest. Dnt drink or smoke.

At my age can I be at risk of heart attack or oft her heart problems? Always worried about it. Get discomfort if left upper chest. Dnt drink or smoke.

Heart attack: You are a bit young. ..Would see an internist or cardiologist to determine your risk factors ie cholesterol, blood pressure, family history and other clinical factors ...Read more

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Can severe anxiety and panic attack lead to heart attack with physical signs and symptoms like chest pain? I have normal 2d echo with doppler, ECG resu

Can severe anxiety and panic attack lead to heart attack with physical signs and symptoms like chest pain? I have normal 2d echo with doppler, ECG resu

Yes: It can. But fortunately it rarely does, it just feels that way. You would have to have significant cardiac disease to begin with to actually have a heart attack during a panic attack. ...Read more

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Acne and drinking, and also chest pains I have a direct family history of heart disease and heart problems on my dad's side of the family. My dad died from a massive heart attack in 2009. His mother did in 2004. His dad had one the same year in 2004 but he

You: You have extremely high blood pressure – a hypertensive crisis is often defined by a systolic blood pressure of 180 or higher or a diastolic blood pressure of 120 or higher. Blood pressure this high can damage blood vessels or lead to a stroke.
With a blood pressure as high as you have reported, you should seek immediate medical attention. Treatment for blood pressure this high may include hospitalization for treatment with intravenous (IV) medications.
I am very concerned that you will not live to be 50 unless you begin to control the risk factors that contribute to your mortality risk — smoking, high blood pressure, lack of exercise and alcohol consumption, if it is excessive. ...Read more

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My father in law had a heart attack and a pneumothorax. How can those be related?

My father in law had a heart attack and a pneumothorax. How can those be related?

One Triggers: If a person has emphysema and develops a spontaneus pneumothorax that progresses to a tension pneumothorax, the cardiopulmonary stress can trigger a myocardial infarction if coronary artery disease is present. Otherwise, two separate independent events. ...Read more

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Would zaltrap be Too strong for aged 66 colon can patient who had a minor heart attack In 2013 and also had clot in lungs?

Would zaltrap be Too strong for aged 66 colon can patient who had a minor heart attack In 2013 and also had clot in lungs?

With extreme care: It is a drug to be used in metastatic colon CA that has progressed on an oxaliplatin-containing chemotherapy regimen. There are bleeding & clotting side effects so it would have to be used very cautiously in someone with this history. But, with careful supervision by an oncologist, it could provide some benefit. It would be a highly individualized decision between the patient & doctor. Best wishes. ...Read more

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If I took my meds regularly and eat healthy and do sports and stay active. Do I still die from. Heart attack or lungs.. .. I have ra?

If I took my meds regularly and eat healthy and do sports and stay active. Do I still die from. Heart attack or lungs.. .. I have ra?

Lower: Statistics heart, cancer, stroke are still death leaders.
But good choices reduce chance, and delay onset of trouble in general. ...Read more

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I felt like I was having a heart attack. I have hyperthyroidism. Could it have been my heart or lungs? I am 21 and have had thyroid issues for 2yrs.

I felt like I was having a heart attack. I have hyperthyroidism. Could it have been my heart or lungs? I am 21 and have had thyroid issues for 2yrs.

Hard to say.: Hyperthyroidism can certainly cause palpitations. You don't say what your symptoms were. But palpitations can cause anxiety and panic attacks even, which can feel like a heart attack. As you know, keeping an eye on your thyroid levels is important and you feel better when they are normal. See your doc regularly, or whenever you notice symptoms that you cannot explain from other causes. ...Read more

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I have recently quit smoking after 30 years. Am I now safe from lung cancer and heart attack?

I have recently quit smoking after 30 years. Am I now safe from lung cancer and heart attack?

Congratulations!: No one is safe, but you will steadily move from very unsafe (all smokers) to safer with each passing year. There is benefit in lung cancer reduction by quitting even up to 65 years of age. Best never to start. I stupidly smoked and quit @ age 33. Latest data say quit before 35, normal risk of non-smoker. ...Read more

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What too do about panic attacks? I thought I was having a heart attack I went to er they said my ekg was normal and so are my lungs I still get panicy

What too do about panic attacks? I thought I was having a heart attack I went to er they said my ekg was normal and so are my lungs I still get panicy

Panic vs. Heart: The symptoms for both MAY look the same. Please go to your doc to rule out any medical condition and then see a mental health pro who treats anxiety disorders. He/she can teach you strategies to deal w/panic if that is what's going on. Peace and good health. See www. Relaxationresponse. Org for some self-help. ...Read more

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2 weeks pain behind sternum, chest tight, more fter meal per gp is reflux. Lungs, heart ok. Pantozol 40mg twice/day. Can it be heart attack even two weeks?

2 weeks pain behind sternum, chest tight, more fter meal per gp is reflux. Lungs, heart ok. Pantozol 40mg twice/day. Can it be heart attack even two weeks?

Chest tightness: Gastrointestinal issue, reflux a good possibility with symptoms related to meals, does pantozol help?

Heart attack unlikely but cardiac issue should be considered. ...Read more

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Pain on shoulder blades and below achy dull pain. Can this be lung cancer or heart attack? How do I distinguish if serious or just strain?

Pain on shoulder blades and below achy dull pain. Can this be lung cancer or heart attack? How do I distinguish if serious or just strain?

Maybe gallbladder?: Depending on radiation of pain to and associated symptoms this could be due to gallbladder, stomach or heart. These internal organs have nerves which originate in the same place and therefore pain from one may mimic the other. Given your age I suspect its unlikely your heart and could be your gallbladder as that is a very common diagnosis. An inflamed GB can cause shoulder pain. See your doctor. ...Read more

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Couldn't breath & pain in left arm- all test came back neg- CT scan of lungs ekgs bloodwork- no heart attack per dr.- 24 hrs still having same issues?

Couldn't breath & pain in left arm- all test came back neg- CT scan of lungs ekgs bloodwork- no heart attack per dr.- 24 hrs still having same issues?

Cardiac workup: You may not have had a heart attack but still could be having heart pains due to a severely constricted coronary artery. Would talk to your docs about having a stress scan, or ct angiogram which can diagnose blockages that haven't yet caused a heart attack but are possibly causing your pains which may be warnings of an impending heart attack. ...Read more

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79 female. Right lung lost 2 lobes to pneumonia 1971 - heart attack Feb 2010- pneumonia/sepsis spring 2017 - pneumonia Oct 2017 wbc 22 How do I fix it?

79 female. Right lung lost 2 lobes to pneumonia 1971 - heart attack Feb 2010- pneumonia/sepsis spring 2017 - pneumonia Oct 2017 wbc 22 How do I fix it?

Wish we could help: But this complicated history really is beyond the scope of a telemedicine service. You need an internal medicine specialist to do a thorough evaluation and lab testing to try to find out why you are having so many difficulties. Best of luck to you dear. ...Read more

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Pain in right shoulder blade. Circular motion with head cause pain in neck when I go to the right. Heart attack, lung cancer or just muscle sore?

Pain in right shoulder blade. Circular motion with head cause pain in neck when I go to the right. Heart attack, lung cancer or just muscle sore?

No heart attack: The pain probably is due to joint or muscle and is not heart attack, so you should see your doctor for evaluation and treatment. ...Read more

Lung (Definition)

Deoxygenated blood enters the lungs from the right side of the heart and travels to the lungs. When you inspire, oxygen flows into the lungs, transverses the capilliares and attaches to hemoglobin down a gradient. At the same time, co2 diffuses into the capilaries and is expelled with exhalation. Oxygen rich blood then flows to the left side of the heart and into the ...Read more


Dr. Creighton Wright
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Heart Attack (Definition)

A life-threatening condition in which the blood vessels that supply the heart becomes occluded and thus the heart itself is not longer receiving any blood flow. Without this blood flow, the heart muscle dies and cannot pump blood to the ...Read more